What do you do when you have a craving, but can’t find a decent recipe to satisfy it? You make one up, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
Thankfully, last night it did not result in disaster.
Last night, I had a PB/Choco craving. These two are a perfect union. Anyone who says they don’t like peanut butter and chocolate together is either lying, or they’re a Cylon. I had some chocolate chips, some Reese’s PB Chips… and while I first considered just eating handfuls of both straight from the bags, I decided to give creativity a go. I must admit, I wanted to add either melted chocolate or cocoa powder into the cookie dough as well, but I figured the more I invite to the party, the less of a chance this will turn out edible. These turned out equivalent to a gravy so good you’ve licked your plate.
I’ve specified Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips because not only are they my favorite, but you need something darker to cut through the sweetness of the cookie dough and PB chips (plus, the way this chocolate melts is amazing). I guarantee no amazing-ness should you stray from my directions. Spend the few extra pennies for the good chocolate. This recipe made about 16 cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 & 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
1/2 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter, sugars, and peanut butter until creamy and “fluffy-ish” (I say fluffy-ish, because the peanut butter is really dense, and it’s not going to look quite like things normally would when you’re just creaming butter and sugar together).
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. (It should look much more fluffy now)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until blended.
- Add the PB chips and the Chocolate chips. Stir until combined.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop cookies about two inches apart in rounded spoonfuls, about two tablespoons each.
- Put the baking sheet with cookie dough on it into the freezer for 5-10 minutes (I know this might seem strange, but the dough is really soft. By doing this, it helps the cookies not overspread, which means you won’t have overdone edges before the center is baked).
- Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and bake one sheet at a time, about 14 minutes, or until edges are light golden. Don’t forget to rotate the baking sheet halfway through to ensure your cookies bake evenly. Do not over-bake. This is a common mistake most people make.
- Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.